the production and development of disease.

Also pa·thog·e·ny [puh-thoj-uh-nee] /pəˈθɒdʒ ə ni/.

Origin of pathogenesis

From New Latin, dating back to 1875–80; see origin at patho-, -genesis
Related formspath·o·ge·net·ic [path-oh-juh-net-ik] /ˌpæθ oʊ dʒəˈnɛt ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pathogenesis

Historical Examples of pathogenesis

  • It is safe to say that not one in ten of those who practice the healing art has ever used it or is familiar with its pathogenesis.

  • It is doubtful whether mere clinical studies will contribute in a large measure to the solution of the pathogenesis of scurvy.

    Scurvy Past and Present

    Alfred Fabian Hess

  • In the future in considering their pathogenesis it will be well to draw a sharp distinction between them.

    Scurvy Past and Present

    Alfred Fabian Hess

  • These studies in pathogenesis and etiology are fundamentally necessary for the development of a rational therapy and prophylaxis.

  • One would not deny all practical bearing to such investigations of pathogenesis.

British Dictionary definitions for pathogenesis


pathogeny (pəˈθɒdʒɪnɪ)


the origin, development, and resultant effects of a disease
Derived Formspathogenetic (ˌpæθəʊdʒɪˈnɛtɪk), adjective
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Word Origin and History for pathogenesis

1876, from patho- + genesis.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

pathogenesis in Medicine




The development of a disease or morbid condition.nosogenesis
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